Review of the SABC on the Cards

Department of Communications

A review of the public broadcaster and the frameworks that govern it is in the pipeline.

The communications minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, announced this in a statement on broadcasting policy review and digital migration.

The minister described public broadcasting as a “significant source of information, knowledge and entertainment for the majority of citizens.”

Reference was made to a notice to be issued to stakeholders to submit issues for consideration on matters pertaining to the SABC’s mandate, funding model, including TV licence fees, governance, and accountability measures.

In particular, the minister indicated that an appropriate funding model for the SABC needed to be resolved.

Issues will be invited until the middle of July 2018.

A colloquium is planned for August 2018 where a report on submissions will be released.

“The outcome of these two processes will be integrated into the broader policy review which will be published for comments in the 3rd Quarter of 2018, thus allowing enough time to obtain Cabinet approval in the 4th Quarter of this Financial Year.”

The minister announced that the model to drive the analogue to digital migration project had been reviewed.

The revised model will be released following cabinet approval.

The communications department will also soon issue a “policy directive allowing ICASA to initiate a licencing framework for digital radio in South Africa in earnest.”

Sabinet Cape Town Office